Betulaceae - The Birch Family
American Birch, Birch, Boleau Jaune, Curly Birch, Natural Birch, Gray Birch, Grey Birch, Hard Birch, Red Birch, Sap Birch, Silver Birch, Swamp Birch, Yellow Birch
Interior Use Only
Cabinets, Doors, Flooring, Furniture, Millwork, Mouldings, Turning
Grows readily throughout eastern Canada and northeastern United States. The tree is very resistant to cold weather, and can be found as far north as the edge of the permafrost in the Arctic Circle. The tree usually grows with other hardwood and softwoods in cool moist soil, including mountainous regions.
The sapwood has a pale white to creamy yellow color, while the heartwood ranges from a light brown to sometimes pinky-red color. The grain it often straight, but can also be wavy or curly in some logs. It has a fine and even texture. It is considered to be one of the most featureless domestic woods.